The Perils of Pushing the Limits of Longevity

The recent “Longevity Report” in TIME magazine may make us marvel at how scientists are “toying with ways to manipulate genes and pull out aging cells, all in a race to find a way to extend longevity to its outer limits.” On one level, medical technology that may just make it possible to live to be 142 years old is amazing. Continue reading “The Perils of Pushing the Limits of Longevity”

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Inside Man Swarm: The Fuller Picture of Population Growth

In developing the new edition of Man Swarm with renowned conservationist Dave Foreman, I learned so much. For example, I used to think that if birth rates decline it must mean population growth is slowing. But as the book discusses, there’s a lot more to the picture. Here are three important factors that are too often overlooked: Continue reading “Inside Man Swarm: The Fuller Picture of Population Growth”

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Announcing the Release of my Latest Book! Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World

When I was researching The Baby Matrix, I interviewed David Paxson, President of World Population Balance. We talked about how we thought the book, Man Swarm and the Killing of Wildlife, was a great book on overpopulation. Originally written largely for conservationists, David and I really wanted to see the book reach a wider audience. We approached Dave Foreman about developing a 2nd edition to do just that. Today marks the fruit of our efforts! Continue reading “Announcing the Release of my Latest Book! Man Swarm: How Overpopulation is Killing the Wild World”

Population Experts Weigh In On the Heart of Population Issues

Thank goodness we are seeing smart pieces shooting holes in Jonathan Last’s recent baby bust scares. John Seager, President of Population Connection, does just that in a recent post on sustainablog.org. What does he think of Last’s contention that if we don’t get birthrates back up we’re in for a “spiral toward doom?” Seager characterizes it as the “perfect articulation of Ponzi demography – Check it out… Continue reading “Population Experts Weigh In On the Heart of Population Issues”

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Happy World Contraception Day

Today is World Contraception Day (WCD). It’s been organized by the European Society of Contraception since September 2007.  According to WomanCare Global, it is a global campaign that recognizes the importance of access to contraception for women around the world” and has a “mission to… Continue reading “Happy World Contraception Day”

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July 11: World Population Day

From wikipedia, World Population Day “is an annual event, observed on July 11, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. It was inspired by the public interest in… Continue reading “July 11: World Population Day”

Pronatalism’s Role in Reaching a Global Environmental Tipping Point

Last post I talked about the pronatal “Right to Reproduce” Assumption in The Baby Matrix.  Results of a two year scientific analysis that has just come out leads right to another pronatal Assumption I take  on – I call it the “Offspring” Assumption. First a bit on the sobering analysis:

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How About Having Only One

Staying on the theme from my recent post that the greenest thing a person can do is to not have kids….OK I realize it’s not realistic to think that more people than not will decide to have no children, so what about the idea of couples only having one  child? Author Bill McKibben takes this on with his book Maybe  One.

McKibben writes if we averaged 1.5 children per woman,  not just about 2 which is what it is now, and we reduce immigration somewhat, in 2050 the U.S. population would be 230 million, which is what it was when Ronald Reagan was elected.  He argues that it would make a difference in reducing environmental damage if more people would stop at one child.

But it’s best for a child to have a sibling, right? McKibben says wrong. Continue reading “How About Having Only One”